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Three Coins in the Fountain (1954)

G | | Drama, Romance | May 1954 (USA)
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Three American women working in Rome, Italy, share a spacious apartment and the desire to find love and marriage, each experiencing a few bumps in their journeys to romance.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

John Patrick (screen play), John H. Secondari (from a novel by)
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clifton Webb ... John Frederick Shadwell
Dorothy McGuire ... Miss Frances
Jean Peters ... Anita Hutchins
Louis Jourdan ... Prince Dino di Cessi
Maggie McNamara ... Maria Williams
Rossano Brazzi ... Giorgio Bianchi
Howard St. John ... Mr. Burgoyne
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. Burgoyne
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Principessa
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Storyline

Three American women, rooming together while working abroad in Rome, Italy, hope for romance and marriage. Frances, oldest of the three, has been fifteen years a secretary to novelist John Frederick Shadwell, a man whom she loves but whose reclusive nature prompts most people to believe him long since dead. Anita, one week away from returning to America (under the claim of getting married), finally bucks company rules (and gets caught) by finally accepting an invitation from an Italian co-worker to visit his family's farm for his sister's wedding. Newly arrived Maria soon sets her generally innocent eyes on Dino di Cessi, an actual prince with a reputation for womanizing, and makes a play for him by making herself his perfect match. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

You've Never Lived Until You've Loved in Rome!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

May 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drei Münzen im Brunnen See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Served as the basis for an unsold TV pilot starring Cynthia Pepper, Yvonne Craig and Joanna Moore. See more »

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Despite the title, and the title song, only TWO coins are tossed in the fountain; one of the three participants chooses not to do so. See more »

Quotes

Maria Williams: No wonder you're going home to be married.
Anita Hutchins: I'm not even engaged. I just gave that as an excuse to the agency for leaving. But, at least I am going back to a country where I hope some nice guy will ask me. That's why I didn't throw a coin in the fountain of Trevi.
Maria Williams: Oh, dear. It looks as though I've wasted a perfectly good penny.
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O ciucciariello
(1951) (uncredited)
Music by Nino Oliviero
Lyrics by Roberto Murolo
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Pleasant locales but it's still little more than a travelogue...
11 May 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Time hasn't been kind to certain films and THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN is one of them. The story at its center is trite and only exists in order to show the splendors of Rome in color and CinemaScope to lure patrons away from their television sets when the film was made, in the mid-'50s.

The only performers emerging from the film unscathed are JEAN PETERS, gorgeous as a secretary looking for romance away from the office, and the two men who are in their physical prime and give the film's most ingratiating performances--ROSSANO BRAZZI and LOUIS JOURDAN, both being the prototypes of the sort of European men American women find so attractive.

DOROTHY McGUIRE is saddled with the role of a spinster (of 38) whose object of affection is CLIFTON WEBB (mid-'60s) who seems an odd choice for any woman and tries hard to be his usual urbane self. Nor is MAGGIE MacNAMARA any help as a conniving American girl who diligently learns the likes and dislikes of the man (Jourdan) she plans to trap into marriage. Miss MacNamara too often seems more annoying than charming.

But it's harmless fluff, nicely staged in real Italian locales so that there's something to look at when things get dull--as they often do. Surprisingly, the film--which gets off to a nice start with a rendition of the title song by Frank Sinatra--was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

Summing up: No surprises here, just a dull story that gets an occasional lift from the romance between Peters and Brazzi which is the best, but briefest, part of the whole film. As a story, it's all too familiar by now but Jean Negulesco manages to combine story and scenery with a fluid touch, disguising the fact that it's little more than a pleasant travelogue.


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